Refugees in the frontier with Greece

Turkey will not close the borders to refugees despite the agreement with Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan insisted on Friday that, despite the ceasefire agreement in Syria signed with Russia, Turkey will continue to give refugees freedom to go wherever they want.

Turkey’s borders will remain open for refugees who want to enter Europe, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday after returning from signing in Moscow an agreement for a ceasefire in Syria with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

“Are the borders open or closed? We don’t have time to continue discussing this. It’s done. The refugees are leaving on their own,” Turkish president told reporters who accompanied him aboard the presidential plane, insisting that Turkey limits itself to give refugees freedom to go wherever they want.

While acknowledging that the migration problem is one of the most important that has caused the war in Syria, Erdoğan reiterated that Turkey cannot continue to deal with millions of refugees alone: ​​”Let´s think all these people (from Idlib) enter in Turkey… This means 5 to 5.5 million refugees. How could Turkey handle this situation? We had to stop this, and (with the agreement with Russia) we have stopped it. “

Erdoğan: “Greek politicians should know that human life is not cheap”

The Turkish president also explained why he had refused to accept the suggestion of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to hold a trilateral meeting with Greece, an idea he rejected for the mistreatment that the Greek police give to migrants and refugees crossing the border.

“Greece persecutes these people. As far as I know, they have killed at least 5 refugees. In addition, they have punctured rubber boats with migrants (in the Aegean) to sink them, which is a cruel practice,” Erdoğan said. “These politicians should know that human life is not cheap,” he added referring to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Despite the hard policy with the refugees of the current executive in Athens, thousands of Greeks took the streets of the capital on Thursday night and marched to parliament in support of refugees and chanting slogans against the European Union and its migration policies, bearing banners with slogans such as “Greeks and foreigners can work together” or “Death to fascism”.